What is the most common problem facing young women today, that is so poorly treated it is the number one reason for fertility issues later in life?
It affects most women and is so common many sufferers think it’s normal.
Why is pain when you have your period ok, but any pain elsewhere any other time means there is a problem?
One of the biggest issues facing young women between the ages of 12 - 17 is that they suffer worse and worse period pain they invariably turn towards the Contraceptive Pill. This treatment may help them in the short term, however the problem tends to compound for as long as the Pill is taken. When women finally want to cease the Pill the pain comes back, but even worse, often much worse. So, women either go back on the pill, use painkillers every month or undergo surgery to try and spare themselves from the monthly issues of Dysmenorrhea. What starts out as simple period pain (primary dysmenorrhea) turns into endometriosis (secondary dysmenorrhea) due to years to not treating the original problem and masking the symptoms for the Pill.
There must be options that can resolve period pain and restore normal menstrual health so that women experience no menstrual disorders at all!
There is and we have many answers.
But first your should read on so you understand why these problems occur in the first place.
Symptoms of period pain are:
- pain low in the abdomen that can spread to the lower back and legs
- pain that is gripping or experienced as a constant ache, or a combination of both
- the pain starts when the period starts, or earlier
- the first 24 hours is the most painful
- clots are passed in the menstrual blood
It is also can be associated with:
- nausea and vomiting
- digestive problems, such as diarrhoea or constipation
- premenstrual symptoms, such as tender breasts and a swollen abdomen, which may continue throughout the period
- pain continuing after the first 24 hours (this tends to subside after two or three days)
When you have your period the blood of the body typically washes away the the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. The endometrium is the blood that is laid down by the body, inside the uterus to form the ‘soil of which a fertilised egg can implant into’. If the blood of the body washes away the endometrium on it’s own then there is no pain. If the blood of the body is unable to wash away the endometrium then the uterus will spasmodically contract in order to dislodge the lining, this is a part of the pain. The more stuck the endometrium the harder the uterus will contract the more pain a person can have.
How do you know if the blood of the body is washing away the lining or if your uterus is contracting to loosen it? Pain and clots. The smaller the clots the less the uterus has to spasm, the larger the clots the more the uterus will spasm leading to more and more pain. Size of the clots is also an indicator of how long the problem has been occurring; the larger the clots the longer the problem has been around.
One of the biggest problems is when the lining of the uterus does not get completely washed away. This means new endometrium is laid down upon the old endometrium. This new blood then sticks to the old blood. The size of the clots in the menstrual flow can depend on how much new and old blood is mixed. As this process goes on and on it results into what is called endometriosis. This is endometrial lining that does not get washed away and stays inside the uterus but all attaches itself to other areas in the pelvis, onto the ovaries and fallopian tubes. That mean trouble, and typically surgery in the form of a laparoscopy to remove the trouble spots. This is a commonly used option for women who suffer endometriosis that want children. The only draw back with this surgery is that in most cases the endometriosis will start to come back within 6 months.
So what it typically done about it?
Non-treatment options can include:
- bed rest during the first day or so of the period
- applying heat, such as a hot water bottle, to the abdomen
- regular exercise and attention to overall physical fitness
- relaxation techniques
Treatment options include:
- pain-relieving medication, such as paracetamol
- medication that inhibits prostaglandins, such as ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication
- the oral combined contraceptive pill, which usually reduces period pain
- surgery in the form of a laparoscopy the burns away the left over endometrial tissue that the uterus cannot dislodge on its own
Of all these options only the surgical technique seems to deliver a result that does not require daily or monthly treatment. Unfortunately it appears as though a laparoscopy is only good for 6 months before the pain comes back.
So what else can be done?
Chinese medicine has a long history of being able to resolve period pain and endometriosis, and keep it away for months, years or even gone forever. The use of Chinese herbal medicine, when applied correctly, can alleviate pain and cramping, resolve tenderness, improve pre-menstrual stress and promote correct menstrual health so the problem does not recur. In as little as 2 cycles strong menstrual disorders can be resolved.
Because everyone is different and symptoms vary in severity, we create formulas that are specifically tailored to your needs. Our formulas come in the form of little black ball bearings made up of processed leaves, twigs, barks, roots and flowers that have been used for hundreds and thousands of years to treat millions of Chinese and Westerners safely and effectively. We do not use any animal products in our formulas nor do we use rare or endangered species.
How will you know that you are getting better?
- Pain eases then disappears
- Clots eventually dissolve going from large to small to non-existent
- Breast tenderness and cramping vanish
- PMS and its associated emotional problems cease to play a role in your life
Common ingredients to promote the movement of blood, remove endometrial tissue and alleviate pain include:
- Semen Persica - peach kernel
- Flos Carthami Tinctorii - safflower
- Gummi Olibanum - frankincense
- Myrrha - myrrh
- Radix Liguistici Chuanxiong - Sichuan lovage root
- Rhozima Curcumae Ezhu - zedoary rhizome.
- Rhizoma Sparganii Stoloniferi - bur-reed rhizome
- Radix Notoginseng - notoginseng
- Radix Angelicae Sinensis - angelica root
- Radix Peoniae Alba - white peony root
- Radix Peoniae Rubrae - red peony root
- Radix Bupleuri - Hare’s ear root or bupleureum
- Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Preperata - prepared rehmannia
- Fructus Foeniculi Vulgaris - fennel seeds
- Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae - cinnamon twig
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